TR: AJ's Summer of Fun- Featuring the TPR Intimida. Tour. I committed to keeping this updated for the people who are interested so it's time to add another report. July 1. 9th, 2. 01. Raging Waters San Dimas. Raging Waters is generally thought of as the best water park in California.
Although it may be the largest, I do not feel it is the best. I'll list my reasons later, but for now I will say that it is my least favorite stand- alone Southern California waterpark but is still not my least favorite waterpark period. However, due to the admission pricing and distance from where I live I generally only visit on years where they get a new attraction.
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We got to the park ten minutes before opening to find a crowd of around two hundred people waiting to get it. Fortunately, once they opened the gates we were inside within ten minutes. We bypassed the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo line and dumped all our stuff on lounge chairs, applied sunscreen, then headed over to the far side of the park. Unfortunately, unknown to us, the far side didn't open until 1. Once the far side opened, we headed to Thunder Rapids and were on the third raft of the day. We then did Raging Racer, Dark Hole, Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror, and Dragon's Den with minimal waits (less than fifteen minutes each).
At this point, we had knocked out three of the four most popular rides in the park. We then rode Drop Out before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we took our time getting to the other rides in the park. Due to busloads of people and the nice weather, the park was very crowded, and some lines approached an hour wait. After a few re- rides, we called it a day and left shortly before closing at 7 P.
M. Ride Reviews: Thunder Rapids- This is not my favorite family raft ride, but is the better of the two at Raging Waters. The ride consists of a series of turns which send the rafts high up on the walls of the slide. There is then a small drop at the end of the ride. This is the single most crowded ride in the park, often reaching an hour wait or more, but since we went here first we waited only five minutes (once the ride opened).
Raging Racer- This is a eight lane head- first mat slide. You race straight down the hill over four dips.
It is a fun ride, and is the best mat- racer slide I've been on. However, it is still just a mat racer and isn't worth more than a twenty minute wait. Fortunately, we only waited however long it took to climb the hill (probably about two minutes). Dark Hole- This attraction is a pair of partially enclosed two- person tube slides.
The ride starts out with a couple turns in the open before it enters the dark tube. It then has twists and turns, as well as a helix, in total darkness. The ride emerges from the tube at the top of a twenty foot drop under a bridge, which leads to the pool below. This is my least favorite of the three tube slides at Raging Waters, but it isn't a bad ride. We waited less than ten minutes since we went early, but the line for this can get really long later in the day. Fortunately, this and Raging Racer are the highest capacity attractions in the park.
Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror- This is the new for 2. Proslide calls the attraction a Tantrum Twist, which is basically a double helix slide with a small funnel in the middle. The ride is in complete darkness and riders use two- person Whirly Wheel tubes. I believe this attraction is supposed to have special effects inside the funnel, but they didn't appear to be working when we were there. I enjoyed this ride, but I do not think it is the best ride at Raging Waters. However, it is one of the few rides I rode twice despite the long line. Dragon's Den- This is a bowl slide, but instead of riding on your back you ride on a two- person tube.
I much prefer this to the body bowl slides because it is a more comfortable ride. This is my favorite attraction at Raging Waters, although it had too long of a wait to ride more than once. I've found that the closer you are to the maximum weight limit of 4. For whatever reason, my brother and sister think this ride is a waste of time if there is more than a ten minute wait. Drop Out- This is the most extreme slide I have been on. It is just a single seven- story drop at an angle that looks just as steep as Perilous Plunge at Knott's.
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This is my favorite body slide at the park, but since I am not much of a fan of body slides that doesn't mean too much. The fun thing about is ride is it's location. Since the ride is built on top of a hill, the tower isn't that tall, and you can't see how large the drop actually is until you are at the top. This scares a lot of first timers away, which is a good thing because this (along with Dragon's Den) is one of the lowest capacity rides in the park.
High Extreme- This is the tallest head- first mat slide in the world. It consists of two mirror- image flumes departing from a ten- story tall tower and working their way back to ground level.
There are two large drops, one midride and one at the end, as well as a lot of twists and turns. I have found this is a lot of fun to race, as if you are good at steering the mat you can get going really fast down this ride. I enjoy this ride, but it isn't one of my favorites due to the amount of stairs you have to climb to get to the top. Amazon Adventure- This is a lazy river. Unlike other parks, there are no free tubes floating in the river. However, it is probably my favorite lazy river due to geysers, waterfalls, and fountains along the course of the ride. Fun for a lap or two, but after that it is too tiring.
Flowrider- This is a stationary wave that you can bodyboard on. The park gives you one minute of time to show off your tricks or just attempt to ride the wave. It is fun, but often has a long line. Few people manage to last a minute on this without at least one wipeout, but I managed to get 4. Unfortunately, I spent the rest of my time trying to find my board, and couldn't find it until they shut the water off. Oh well, it was still a fun ride. Splash Island Adventure- This is the tipping bucket house, and is the largest of the four kids areas at the park.
It is also the only one where adults are allowed to participate without children under 4. This is much better than the Soak City bucket house, but is only fun for about twenty minutes. I enjoy these things because there are all kinds of fun things to play with, as well as little mini- slides that are often relatively zippy. Lily Pad Walk- I didn't do this because I can never make it more than three pads, but it is a series of ten floating pads people try to cross while holding onto a rope without falling in. My brother made it across but my sister didn't.
Bermuda Triangle- Three enclosed body slides. The two outer slides are a single helix and the middle is a straight drop. I rode all three flumes throughout the day and I prefer the spirals to the drop. Neptune's Fury- This is similar to Thunder Rapids, but is dark due to being in an enclosed tube. I'm not a huge fan of this ride because it is tamer than Thunder Rapids. It was also our longest line of the day at 4.
Vortex- A pair of mirror- image triple helix dark enclosed body slides. This is my least favorite ride in the park because it is a really simple layout and often has a wait of a half- hour or more. Fun to ride once, but otherwise not worth your time, especially since none of the original effects work anymore. I actually rode twice only because there was no wait when I walked by near the end of the day.
Speed Slides- These are the oldest slides in the park. They begin with a couple turns, then there is a series of two or three quick dips that give riders a lot of airtime. Fun ride, but not one you can do over and over without an injury potential. Ride Count: Thunder Rapids: 1.
Raging Racer: 1. Dark Hole: 1 (left flume)Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror: 2. Dragon's Den: 1. Drop Out: 1 (left flume)High Extreme: 1 (right flume)Amazon Adventure: 1. Flowrider: 1. Splash Island Adventure: 2 (once on each slide)Bermuda Triangle: 3 (once on each flume)Neptune's Fury: 1. Vortex: 2 (once on each flume)Speed Slides: 1 (left flume)Total: 1. Overall, I had a decent day at Raging Waters.
It wasn't the best day I've ever had there, but it wasn't bad and I actually had time to do pretty much everything. Out of my four visits to the park in the past ten years, I would probably rank this one second. Anyway, here are my reasons why Raging Waters isn't the best waterpark in California (at least in my opinion): 1.
Crowds- I know this isn't really the park's fault, but this is the only waterpark I've been to (other than Hurricane Harbor) where it is nearly impossible to do everything in one day due to lines. I don't mind waiting in a forty- five minute line for a ride that is really popular and is the best ride in the park, but when rides just aren't high enough capacity to deal with the crowds it just makes lines longer. This goes along with #2 and #3. Low Capacity Attractions- Too many of the rides at Raging Waters are low capacity attrations. When they can only send one or two tubes down per minute, that makes the line very long.
At other parks, I have seen rides that can send as many as ten or more tubes down in a single minute. I do not believe a single attracton at Raging Waters has a capacity greater than 4. At other water parks, I have seen rides with a capacity of more than twice that number. Subpar Rides- Many of the attractons at Raging Waters just aren't that great.
Of the rides at the park that also have similar rides elsewhere, only the Raging Racer is my favorite of its type. Bermuda Triangle is also pretty high compared to enclosed body slides, but the rest of the rides at the park really aren't all that great. Very few of them deserve the lines the get. Line Jumpers- Raging Waters is probably the worst park I have ever been to for line jumping.
I hate to stereotype, but I think it may be due to the groups of people that visit the park.
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